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History of the Cocktail: The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks
  • Date: Saturday, August 08, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

In the late 1930’s David Embury, a cocktail enthusiast, pens The Fine Art of Mixing Cocktails, signaling many changes in the way Americans drink from making cocktails at home to the rise of a lesser known spirit, vodka. His book is full of both technical suggestion and theoretical discussions. This ushers in the era of Mad Men and is a precursor to the consumer culture that has fully embraced cocktails.

Moderated by Victorino Matus of the Weekly Standard, panelists include Tony Abou-Ganim, Camper English, and Phil Greene.

This seminar will include a tasting of specialty cocktails. Must be 21+ to attend.

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This program is part of a series on the history of spirits and cocktails in America, curated by Derek Brown and presented by the National Archives Foundation in conjunction with the National Archives Museum exhibit “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History,” on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery through January 10, 2016.